On April 19, the 119 meter long, 7124 dwt tanker Usichem caught fire in the Mediterranean Sea near Rhodes, Greece. The Usichem was headed to Sudan from Turkey with 5900 tonnes of sunflower oil when a fire broke out in the engine room. The vessel’s crew quickly responded and were able to extinguish the blaze. However, the fire had damaged the engine and the tanker went adrift.
The Usichem contacted the Greek Coast Guard who dispatched a helicopter, lifeboat and patrol vessel to the scene. Rescuers stood by and monitored the situation as a tug was requested to take the tanker under tow. The following day, a tug arrived and proceeded to take the Usichem under tow. Both vessels arrived in Rhodes a few hours later. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 186 meter long, 7000 dwt r0-r0 passenger ferry Sicilia allided with the pier at Ibiza, Spain. The Sicilia had arrived from Barcelona in bad conditions. As the ferry maneuvered to dock, strong winds pushed the ferry to strike the pier. The Sicilia was able to moor later and allow passengers to disembark.
The Sicilia sustained hull damage at the starboard stern. The vessel was holed above the waterline. No reports of injuries to the crew or the 9 passengers on board at the time of the incident.
The Sicilia was pulled out of service for repairs. Reports state the ferry would be repaired in a few days.
The 207 meter long, 2700 dwt passenger cruise ship Thomson Majesty became disabled on the Mediterranean Sea near Livorno, Italy. The Thomson Majesty had departed from Livorno bound for Corsica when it suffered a total power blackout. The passenger ship went adrift for several hours before the crew was able to restore power. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Thomson Majesty returned to Livorno. No further details reported.